2020 Louisiana Derby by the Numbers

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After finishing 1-2 in a division of last month's Rebel Stakes, Modernist (right) and Major Fed are among the contenders for Saturday's Louisiana Derby.
After finishing 1-2 in a division of last month's Rebel Stakes, Modernist (right) and Major Fed are among the contenders for Saturday's Louisiana Derby. (Eclipse Sportswire)

With the effects of COVID-19 being felt throughout the racing world, this year’s Triple Crown trail is unlike any other. Saturday’s Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds kicks off the major qualifying races for the 2020 Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve despite that race being postponed until Sept. 5.

The race has attracted a overflow field of 16 Derby hopefuls, highlighted by Enforceable, Modernist, and Silver State. Get ready for the Louisiana Derby with a closer look at the numbers surrounding the race.

0 - The number of Louisiana Derby wins by trainer Mark Casse. He has one of the favorites for this year’s race in Risen Star presented by Lamarque Ford runner-up Enforceable.

1 3/16 miles - The distance of the race, up from 1 1/8 miles in recent years.

1:48.80 - The fastest time the race has been completed at its most recent, 1 1/8-mile distance. Clev Er Tell set the record in 1977.

- The race was run as the Crescent City Derby on two occasions: in 1894 and 14 years later in 1908.

- The number of Louisiana Derby wins by Rosie Napravnik, the only female jockey to win the race. She's also the only jockey to have won the race more than once since 2010.

- The record number of Louisiana Derby wins by trainer Todd Pletcher, including 2018 with Noble Indy. Pletcher has Portos and also-eligible Farmington Road in this year’s race.

- Five of the last 10 winners went off as the betting favorite, and seven of the last 10 were sent off at odds of $3.90-to-1 or lower.

8 - In the last 10 years, eight Louisiana Derby winners entered the race after running in the local prep, the Risen Star.

- The number of Risen Star runners who are entered to compete in the Lousiana Derby, including the division one second- and third-place finishers Enforceable and Silver State plus division two top three finishers Modernist, Major Fed, and Ny Traffic.

11 - The number of times the race has been decided by a nose, most recently when Repent defeated Easyfromthegitgo in 2002.

14 - The maximum number of horses who will be allowed to run in this year’s race. Also-eligibles Mr. Big News and Farmington Road can only run if one or more other horses scratch.

46.2% - The betting favorite has won the race in 42 of the 91 runnings since 1920, good for a 46.2% success rate.

100 - The number of Kentucky Derby qualifying points the Louisiana Derby winner receives, virtually guaranteeing the horse a spot in the Churchill Downs starting gate. The second-, third-, and fourth-place finishers get 40, 20, and 10 points, respectively.

107th - This year marks the 107th edition of the race which was first run in 1894.

$220.80 - The record payout on a $2 win wager when Hero of Order won the race at odds of 109.40-1 in 2012. It was one of just two wins in his 24-race career.

1963 - The year that City Line won the Louisiana Derby by a record margin of eight lengths.

1996 - The last time the Louisiana Derby winner also won the Kentucky Derby, when Grindstone completed the double. Black Gold (1924) is the only other horse to win both races.

$1,000,000 - Total guaranteed purse of the Louisiana Derby, with the winner receiving $600,000 of that.

 

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